Killeagh GAA Club

20 August, 2018

KILLEAGH GAA NEWS August 20th 2018

By Colman Motherway, Killeagh GAA PRO


We’re in the thick of ‘championship season’ now, with teams beginning, continuing or ending their championship campaigns, with the usual ‘mixed bag’ of results reflecting the vagaries of any sports club’s results. Our golfers had a good day out on Thursday while our walkers crossed the county bounds to Lismore on Sunday.


Bandon 2-18, Killeagh 3-19

Following the disappointment of their championship exit at the hands of St. Finbarr’s just five days earlier, it would have been understandable had our senior team shown little appetite to travel to Bandon for a league game on Friday evening last. However, admirably, all players who were available to play travelled, and played with commendable spirit to deliver an important win. For both sides, a win was required to clear the threat of relegation from the RedFM Senior Hurling League. For both sides, two contrasting halves saw a turbulent game but an exciting one for spectators. For Killeagh, a good start in the opening seven minutes with points from Matthew Murphy (free) and Gary Leahy saw us lead by two points to one but for the remainder of the half things gradually went downhill. Sloppy play against a strong breeze and up against the Charlie Hurley Park hill, we lost our shape and this, including the concession of an easy goal, the score line at the half-time whistle from Michael O’Mahony (Kilbrittain) was: Bandon 1-14 Killeagh 0-5. Thankfully, in the second half, the tide turned immediately. Within 20 seconds of the restart, Andy Walsh slotted the opening point and with help from his brother Daniel and from Kieran Lane the margin was reduced to nine points after two minutes. Both shared some fantastic scores from long ranges. The score was 1-17 to 0-13 after 43 minutes on the stopwatch before a free from Philip O’Neill landed in the square and first to pounce was Daniel Walsh to net the first green flag for Killeagh! Game on! Within five minutes, another free from Matthew Murphy led to a second crucial goal, this time buried by the elder Walsh brother, Andy, and this saw Killeagh hit the lead for the first time since the 8th minute! Daniel added a third goal which was well worked from midfield before late points from Killian Treacy (2) and Daniel Walsh (Bandon scored a late goal from a penalty) saw our senior hurlers claim a vital victory in our final game of the league season. Final score at Charlie Hurley Park, Bandon 2-18 Killeagh 3-19.

Team: C Walsh; M Fitzgerald, C Coughlan, S Long; K Murphy, B Collins, A Keniry; P O’Neill, K Lane; M Murphy, D Walsh, A Walsh; G Leahy, P O’Brien, K Treacy. Subs; C Fogarty, S Walsh, S Kearney, F McDonnell. This was a great result for the lads who deserve a lot more out of the season for the work they have put in. We will finish md-table in the league table which does not rqualify us for the knockout phase. Going forward the focus of attention switches towards the Relegation Games for the retention of senior status. Games are pencilled in for September 8th but watch this space for full confirmation. Players, management and backroom staff appreciate the support they have received since last February but they will need you one more time this season.


Lisgoold 1-20, Killeagh 0-15

After the excellent win over Bride Rovers in Round 2, hopes were high for our Junior A hurlers who faced Lisgoold in the East Cork quarter final in Castlelyons on Sunday evening. On a warm evening, the large post-All-Ireland crowd saw a good game where Lisgoold gradullay took control after a good start by Killeagh. Dan Landers was the stand-out player early on, with three points from play in the first five minutes, while Kevin Fennelly also continued his good form with two first-half points. On the quarter hour Lisgoold had taken the lead – 0-6 to 0-5 – and they retained this for the remainder of the game. A great save by Shane Scully on 17 minutes kept the game goalless, and at half-time it was 0-11 to 0-8 in favour of Lisgoold, for whom John Cronin, Kieran Cashman and John Cashman impressed throughout. The scoreboard dried up a little in the second half for Killeagh, with Aaron Walsh’s injury and Jerry Dullea’s dismissal both disrupting our catch-up efforts. A goal for Lisgoold on 55 minutes put the game to bed, with our team exiting after three games while Lisgoold progress to the semi-final, where they will have strong claims for this championship.

Team: Shane Scully, Padraig Delaney, Padraic Carroll, Tadhg O’Connor, Jack O’Rourke, John O’Connor, Jerry Dullea, Dylan Hogan, Aaron Walsh, Keane Kelly Budds, David Ogbebor, Ger Collins, Padraig Leahy, Dan Landers, Kevin Fennelly. Subs used: Tadhg Crotty, Sean Walsh, Fionn McDonnell.


Lisgoold 3-10, Killeagh-Ita's 8-11

Our under 14 hurlers gave an impressive performance in comprehensively defeating Lisgoold in the Premier 2A hurling championship last Wednesday evening. Our opponents (and hosts) were depleted and this undoubtedly helped our team, but their performance was nonetheless excellent, with brilliant team work and performances all over the pitch. Daniel Walsh (excellent throughout), Colm Leahy, Callum Martin White and Conor Meade did the bulk of the scoring, but there were great examples of defending from Ben Budds, Ben Fogarty and Tommy Morrison, among others. By half time, we had a 4-6 to 0-6 lead, but Lisgoold never gave up and pushed us all the way and were rewarded with three goals of their own. David Buckley and Dylan McCarthy were very busy in midfield, while Pierse Geary continued to show his prowess in goals with critical saves in the first half when this game was very much in the melting pot. Well done to the full panel and bainisteoiri Martin Fitzgerald and Eoin Fitzgibbon.

Team: Pierse Geary, Tommy Morrison, Ben Budds, Ciaran Brennan, Jake Mulcahy, Ben Fogarty, Rory Motherway, Dylan McCarthy, David Buckley, Daniel Walsh, Evan Daly, Callum Martin White, Danny Fitzgerald, Conor Meade, Colm Leahy.


St. Colman’s 3-4, Killeagh-Ita's 4-10

Our minor footballers travelled to Shanagarry on Monday evening last for their fourth game in the league, and came away with a victory, their third in a row, to aid preparations for championship against Fr. O’Neills which will be played on Thursday week, August 30th. Our hosts were the better team for the opening ten minutes but their failure to turn possession into scores hurt them once our boys settled and got into the game. Adrian Galvin’s cool penalty on ten minutes was the opening score, with only one point (Ciaran O’Rourke) added by the quarter hour mark. St. Colman’s had many chances to score (goals and points) but a combination of poor shooting and excellent defending and saves by Brian Murphy, Dan Lucey and Owen Cosgrove meant they didn’t score until the 25th minute. Olin Hennessy’s lobbed goal on 29 minutes gave us a nice cushion at half time – 2-6 to 0-2 – which was probably not reflective of the overall pattern of the game. The second half saw us add further points from Paul Delaney (his second) and Rob Sinclair before Oisin McCarthy and Richie Landers added 1-1 each. St. Colman’s never gave up and three final quarter goals made the finish more exciting, but we held on for a deserved victory.

Team: Brian Murphy, Kieran Daly, Dan Lucey, Owen Cosgrove, Cathal Fitzgibbon, Barry Motherway, David Collins, Dara Motherway, Olin Hennessy, Christian Coughlan, Adrian Galvin, Darragh O’Connor, Paul Delaney, Ciaran O’Rourke, Rob Sinclair. Subs: Andrew Foley, Dylan Hogan, Ciaran Leahy, George Sinclair, Danny Cunningham, Oisin McCarthy, Richie Landers, Daniel Doherty, Tony McCarthy, George Walsh.


Killeagh Under 8’s, Under 10's and Under 12’s made the journey north to Ballinkillen in Co. Carlow to participate in the 'Friends Forever' hurling tournament on Sunday 12th August. Our Under 8s had a great day out on their ‘big trip’, while our Under10s and Under 12 also did really well. The Under 10 tournament was run off as a four-team league. The other teams in our group were the hosts (Ballinkillen), Cuala from Dublin and the Black and Whites from Kilkenny. The lads played really well from the start and were comfortable winners in each of their three games to win the tournament. A delighted Cormac Delaney accepted the plaque on behalf of the team. The panel members who travelled on the day were: Andrew Brenner, Ben Geary, Billy Guerin, Callum Power, Cayden Hyde, Cormac Deane, Cormac Delaney, John Farquhar, Rian O'Connor, Ryan Murphy, Seanan McDonnell.

The Under 12s won each of their three matches and Sean Meade was selected as Player of the Tournament. Panel: Ethan O’Driscoll, Fionn Murphy, Oran Cunningham, Jamie Hyde, Conor Burns, Colm Cowhig, Ben Walsh, Barry Walsh, Sean Meade, Sean Lynch, Cathal Landers, Aidan McNamee, Tadhg Considine, Padraig Murphy (mascot).


Killeagh Under 10's travelled to Dungarvan on 18th August to participate in the Dungarvan GAA Football tournament. The lads continued their great form by emerging as the tournament winners. There were 16 teams in the competition, the format was four mini league groups of four playing off in a round robin basis, with the winners of each group advancing to the semi finals. We were drawn in the same group as The Nire, Brickey Rangers and St. Olivers. The lads won all three games convincingly to qualify as group winners. This meant we faced Stradbally in the semi final. We played with a strong breeze in the first half and kicked some great scores to put us in a commanding position at half time. The lads kept up the work rate in the second half to advance to the Final.

Aghada defeated Clonmel in the other semi final to provide our opposition in the all-Cork final. We started well and kicked a few great points. Aghada attacked and struck for a goal but credit to the lads they did not let it affect them. Two great goals just before half time saw us lead at the break. In the second half Aghada came at us early but a solid defensive effort allied to superb combination play around the middle and upfront saw us take control. Four further goals followed to see us run out comfortable winners at the end. A delighted Patrick Dineen accepted the cup afterwards on behalf of the team.This was a great effort by a really dedicated group of lads to emerge victorious out of 16 teams. They have given us great entertainment all summer and thanks to all the parents who travelled to support us once again. Also, thanks to Dungarvan for organising such a great competition.

Squad: Alex Fogarty, Andrew Brenner, Ben Geary, Billy Guerin, Callum Power, Cormac Deane, Cormac Delaney, Daniel Geary, John Farquhar, Patrick Dineen, Rian Lane, Rian O'Connor, Ryan Murphy, Sean O'Leary, Seanan McDonnell.


Our Golf Society had their August outing in nearby Castlemartyr on Thursday last, which was sponsored by T&M Fitzgerald. Brendan Barry was the winner on 42 points, with Padraig McGrath (40), Mike Landers (37), Colin Fogarty (best gross), Sean Treacy (35), Ger Fitzgibbon (35) and Adrian Galvin (40) also in the prizes. Brendan follows in the footsteps of Mike Lynch, Kevin Conlon and JP Murphy, all first-time winners in 2018. Well done to all who participated. Next outing is on Tuesday August 28th to The Heritage, and then Lee Valley on Saturday September 29th. Text Ray for more details on 087-2330054.


No winner of last week’s Lotto draw which was held on Tuesday last August 14th. Numbers drawn were 1, 2, 31 and 32. €30 prizes were won by Caroline Barry, Paul Fitzgerald, A Barry, James Fogarty. Next week’s jackpot is €7400.



Our walking group continues to grow, with new walkers and some returning walkers keeping the group numbers up to 20 once again. This month’s walk was slightly less challenging than our trek up Knockmealdown, but no less interesting or beautiful, with less energy expended. The Towers in Ballysaggart is a hidden gem in this corner of the Déise, and the informative signage gives a good background to the stories behind the twin edifices of the gate lodges to the east and the towers / folly on the western side of the estate. Sadly, the surrounding woodland has seen much devestation from Storm Ophelia, with huge trees uprooted in the valley, years of slow growing undone in minutes. Next month we head for our second September trek to the Kingdom. This year, it’s not Carrauntoohill as it was in 2017, but the spectacular climb to the top of Torc Mountain. This is not a steep climb and there is a walking track for much of the mountain, yet it still requires a reasonable degree of fitness. As always, text 085-7540973 if you’d like to join us.


Well done to the Killeagh-Inch Historical Group, led by Paudie Lee and Neville Dent, who had a double event on Saturday last. Three beautiful signs have been erected in the village indicating some areas of interest for locals and for visitors. One is in the old medieval graveyard, one by the river Dissour, and one at the entrance to Glenbower Woods, and each are well worth investigating. Paudie and Neville brought a group of about 20 on a tour of the village on Saturday afternoon last and all present left much more informed about their local area. Thank you Paudie and Neville and to all involved in the Killeagh-Inch Historical Group.

1. Killeagh Healthy Clubs Project Walkers in Lismore, August 19th 2018